White House says Trump still wants gun change

U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a reporter's question about North Korea as he departs the White House Washington DC U.S. for a day trip to suburban Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for a Make America Great Again rally supporting Republican candidate

"To no one's surprise, the president's words of support for stronger gun safety laws proved to be hollow", said Sen.

Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue as part of a package the White House announced Sunday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead. "If we want to prevent future atrocities, we must look for solutions that keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others, while protecting the rights of law-abiding Americans", said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action.

And in an earlier HuffPost/YouGov poll, 61 percent of Republicans said they viewed new gun restrictions as compatible with their Second Amendment rights, up from 42 percent as recently as last fall.

DeVos characterized the administration's efforts as "a pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety".

White House aides said Monday the president was focusing on achievable options, after facing significant opposition from lawmakers on a more comprehensive approach. In a statement, he added, "When it comes to keeping our families safe, it's clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are all talk and no action".

His plan does nothing to change that. "You can buy a handgun - you can't buy one; you have to wait until you're 21". "Our administration will continue to stand by the people of Texas and Florida and Puerto Rico, Louisiana, even Alabama, and so many other places were affected, and we're standing by all of them".

"So how does that make sense?"

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In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Trump initially pushed for the age requirement to be pushed from 18 to 21. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will chair the commission, which will then provide recommendations to the president.

At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday, Trump mocked the idea of a commission to solve problems government should tackle head-on.

In that meeting, Trump insisted upon making that bill's foundation the "very strong" background-check bill written by Sens.

"Do you think the drug dealers who kill thousands of people during their lifetime, do you think they care who's on a blue-ribbon committee?". But in a proposal unveiled over the weekend by the White House, the potentially divisive requirement was not part of the initial plan. The White House did not immediately say how much money would be made available. At a remarkable television session with members of Congress on February 28, he directly challenged NRA orthodoxy by calling for comprehensive gun control legislation. As the February 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., faded from headlines, the White House realized the president perhaps overstepped on what he was willing to do - and whom he was willing to anger.

He supported closing the loophole that exempts purchasers of guns bought at gun shows and on the internet from federal background checks. They represent a near-total capitulation to the gun lobby Trump claimed to have the courage to confront.

"President Trump has completely caved to the gun lobby", said Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, has said the President wants to expedite the court process, not circumvent it. The result was the set of proposals that emerged Sunday, which calls for federal spending to help states train school staff in firearms use; allow military veterans and retired police officers to work as school safety officers; support for a watered-down bill to improve background checks; a call to states to allow judges to approve seizing weapons from people who pose a "red-flag" threat to themselves or others; and a ban on "bump stock" devices that allow semiautomatic weapons to fire almost as rapidly as automatic weapons. Trump will back two modest pieces of legislation, and the administration pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers.

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